Igbo’s and Yoruba’s get your guns now, war have been declared by Fulani’s, Nigeria sliding from ethnic cleansing to genocide – Soyinka

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Nigeria’s Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has warned that the ongoing “ethnic cleansing” in some parts of the country could degenerate into a genocide if the government fails to take a decisive action.

In a statement to commemorate this year’s May Day, Mr Soyinka called on President Muhammadu Buhari to issue a nationwide order to all land-usurpers in affected towns and villages across the nation to quit those forcefully occupied lands within 48 hours.

“Issue orders to the military and police that, wherever illegal occupiers are found, they should be meted the same treatment as are accorded terrorists. Instruct all agencies that, once cleared of usurpers, the rightful occupants should be escorted back to their farmsteads and villages and provided maximum protection,” said Mr Soyinka, a professor of Literature.

“We must go beyond arresting a token handful of herders caught with arms – there are still hundreds of them in the forests. It is not enough to back the anti- open grazing laws, so late in the day, but we shall leave that for later.

“Right now, the violated and dispossessed demand restitution, and with no further delay or subterfuge. All available forces should be deployed to right a hideous, unprecedented wrong that has left the nation drowning in blood – we simply cannot continue one day longer to endure this forceful feeding of human blood.

“The plain expression is ‘ethnic cleansing’ and we must not beat around the bush. The shade of Rwanda hangs over the nation.”

Mr. Soyinka likened Nigeria to an aircraft that is about to crash because its captain is missing, and “strangers are in control in the cockpit.”

One of the buildings set ablaze by soldiers in Benue community. [Photo Credit: Kenneth Kwaghhemba]

He urged the government to conduct a meticulous investigation to identify the sponsors of the killer-herdsmen some of whom, according to Mr Soyinka, have launched mercenary units to intensify carnage and chaos in order to avoid nemesis catching up with them.

“We shall move into questions, such as: what is a Minister of Defence, who openly justified the homicidal rampage of nomadic herdsmen, still doing in government? And there are other pressing and disturbing questions, some of which are held back for now, simply in order not to impede the pressing imperatives and humane priorities of the current crisis.

“Right now however, the agenda has to be restitution. Restitution to the displaced, the maimed, the traumatised survivors and the nation’s suppurating psyche.

“The torrent of Internally Displaced Persons is a national shame, and the growing number of the kidnapped, an embarrassment. The plane cannot remain on auto-pilot as hitherto, while the pilot strolls up and down the aisle, assuring passengers that all is well.”

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Hahahaha what a fairytale from YORUBA PROFESSOR Wole soyinka educated illiterate poet guru…don’t forget you once told the igbos to carry arms in the mid 1960s to fight sessions war against the North later you abandoned the igbos and join the North to fight the igbos. Not even that the numbers of igbos that died during the battle is less 10% of the total number of igbos that died because of the hunger starvation policy introduce by obafemi Awolowo so prof the igbos still harbours this grudges and they will never forget, because ONCE BEATING TWICE SHY.

    • Comment:What he has said is for our own good. if we like we protect ourselves, we don’t like, we can live it.

    • Since you don’t know history, let me lecture you. Woke Soyinka never abadoned the Igbos at the said period. In fact, he urged caution on both sides of the divide of the Nigerian Civil war that occurred at the period you mentioned. He sought mediation between both sides and was subsequently charged for treason by the Gowon government which felt that he was on the side of the Biafrans, tried by a Kangaroo tribunal and convicted. He was subsequently imprisoned by that government for 27 months, almost the entirety of the duration of the civil war. He writes the book “The Man Died” during period from prison on cigarettes and match boxes smuggled out prison during visits by his relatives and physician at the time. I encourage you to read the book. It would do you a whole lot of good.
      Now that you know, go and sin no more. But first, feel free to give a very hard knock to the head of your history teacher, he failed you miserably today. Now, run along.

  2. Comment: Hmm! Wole Soyinka, the wordsmith at his elements whenever the Hausa-Fulani bashing resurfaces; always in love with listening to his unguarded hyperbolic words! Words! Once blurted is noted by the listeners. How is it that for decades of taunting and threatening Hausa-Fulani, and goading and applauding others that carried a test-run on genocide against them Wole’s Yoruba tribe are ‘yet to be armed as his late so called Cicero had advocated – the Hutu-Tutsi treatment of Hausa-Fulani? The world is listening.

    Those who dominate media space are reminded that it unhelpful to misinform because one can temporarily get away with it; by the time the full story is appreciated by those misled, it may indeed be too late to rectify the evil. What wickedness we wish others may come back to haunt us.

  3. Helo admin. u have a very bad caption of your news headings. it is too suspicious and by main reading from the heading one can abandon the news and move on. please always fine tone your headings to attract readers. thank u.

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